University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Laura Oren Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Oren, Laura
Collection Title Laura Oren Papers
Dates 1970-1979
Identification 02/2005-001
Physical Description 2.00 linear feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Professor Laura Oren received her first degree from Queens College, The City University of New York in 1966 as a Magna Cum Laude graduate. She holds a Ph.D. in British History from Yale University and graduated first in her class from the University of Houston Law Center in 1980. After graduation, she worked in private practice, specializing in civil rights law and appellate work.

As a University of Houston Law Center faculty, she teaches Family Law and Constitutional Law and most of her work has often been about the intersection of these two fields. Additionally, she teaches Women and the Law, Conflict of Laws, and State and Local Government Law. Her specialty areas of research are in Civil Rights and Family Law.

In addition to her work as a lawyer and a professor of law, Oren has been very active in the women’s rights movement. She was involved with the National Organization for Women, the National Women’s Conference in Houston, and the Houston Area Feminist Federal Credit Union.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 7 series and is housed in 2 boxes. The focus of the papers is the various organizations with which Oren has been affiliated. Most notably, this collection includes organizational material regarding the Houston Area Feminist Federal Credit Union, the National Organization for Women and Women and Labor organizations.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston -- Faculty
University of Houston. Law Center -- Alumni and alumnae
Genre/Form of Material:
Publications (document genre)
Personal Name:
Oren, Laura
Topical Term:
Women's rights

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Laura Oren Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Detailed List of Contents

Women and Labor Information & Organizations 1973-1979

Scope and Contents
Various organizations and information pertaining to labor rights have been put together in this series.
Box Folder
1 1-2 Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLEW)
3 Coalition of Labor Union Women, Houston Chapter
4 Federally Employed Women (FEW)
5 International Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers
6 United Automotive Workers
7-8 U.S. Department of Labor
9 Equal Employment Opportunity Act Reprints
10 Women & Labor Miscellaneous Information

Newsletters and Information 1970-1977

Scope and Contents
Program details about women studies at different universities and newsletters of several organizations have been compiled together.
Box Folder
1 11 Women's Rights Coordinating Council & Newsletters
12 Women Studies at Rochester University
13-14 Coordinating Council for Women in Historical Profession & Newsletter
15-18 Women's Studies Program at Various Universities
19-20 Trade Union Women Studies
21 Nikki Van Hightower
22 Formation of City Women's Employees Organization
23 Formation of “Women’s Right to Choose” 1972
24 National Abortion Right's Action League Information
25 Miscellaneous Newsletters & Magazines

Feminist Information 1970-1977

Scope and Contents
Creative writings, feminist material and newspaper clippings, calendars and other published information is compiled together in this series.
Box Folder
1 26-28 Brochures and Pamphlets 1971-1977
29 Annotated Calendars 1970-1971
30-31 Clippings 1972-1977
Box Folder
2 32 Creative Writings 1972-1973
33-34 Feminist Material 1973
35 Women’s Health Information
36 Suggested Readings 1974
37 Manuscripts- Plans/Notes

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Literature 1973-1977

Scope and Contents
Newspaper clippings, brochures etc. along with information regarding equal rights amendment is housed.
Box Folder
2 38 Equal Rights Amendment Literature

National Organization for Women

Scope and Contents
Information regarding national organization for women, financial documents, correspondence with the parent body are the highlights of this series.
Box Folder
2 39 National Organization for Women

National Women’s Conference, Houston Information 1977

Scope and Contents
The famous national women’s conference at Houston is the highlight of this series. It houses the program brochure, proposed national plan of action at the conference, special issue of WOMEN, 1977.
Box Folder
2 40 National Women’s Conference, Houston 1977, Information

Houston Area Feminist Federal Credit Union (HAFFCU) Records 1972-1978

Scope and Contents
It is split into 6 distinct folders which contain the organizational documents along with the financial documents and board meetings, photographic material and other literature form part of this series.
Box Folder
2 41-46 Houston Area Feminist Federal Credit Union (HAFFCU) Records